Akhmerov designed an implementation of the topological quantum computer, that underlies all currently pursued approaches. Together with his collaborators he designed an open-source software for quantum transport simulations Kwant, which has now become the de-facto standard for simulating topological devices. His group has identified several new types of topological systems and extended the understanding of topological protection. He was elected to the KNAW Young Academy, received an ERC Starting Grant, and an NWO Vidi grant. For his development of open-source educational software, he became a TU Delft educational fellow.